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July 10, 2014

Cowboys for CASA to help abused, neglected children

Gainesville — Vicki Robertson, executive director for Court Appointed Special Advocates for children (CASA), is looking forward to the upcoming Cowboys for CASA fundraiser July 18 at the Gainesville Civic Center when folks from all across the county come together in support of the non profit agency with the mission to provide advocates for abused and neglected children in the foster care system.

Robertson said that the people of Gainesville and Cooke County have always been strong supporters of CASA.

“We are so fortunate to live in a community that truly cares for others the way ours does,” Robertson said. “CASA is here to provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves and to look after their best interest during difficult times in court situations.  Cowboys for CASA has become key to our ability to provide advocates for the children."

In addition to delicious food, camaraderie and wonderful auction items offered during the evening, Cowboys for CASA will also feature Texas artists Sonny Burgess and Jolie Holiday who have both appeared in various venues across the country.

Born and raised in Cleburne, Burgess is a CMA artist winner and a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. He  grew up listening to the music of George Strait, Hank Williams, Chet Atkins, Roy Clark and Glen Campbell.  

Children have always been important to Burgess and he looks forward to performing at children’s special events whenever he is not on tour.

According to his website, “Burgess finds inspiration in working with children at Fort Worth’s Cook Children’s Hospital and spends time there as full time director of clinical programming while helping them to record music and audio for their families in Cook’s ChildLife zone.”

 International country music star Jolie Holiday will also be performing at the Cowboys for Casa event.

Originally from Dallas, her mother introduced her to the love of music and Holiday has been belting out tunes for friends and family since the age of five.

As stated in her biography, “Jolie was encouraged by her beloved grandfather who taught her that responsibility, determination and faith were the keys to a successful life.”

 Never looking back, Holiday has opened for such artists as Thompson Square, Pat Green, Neal McCoy, Lee Ann Womack, Collin Raye, Randy Travis, Stoney LaRue, Sonny Burgess and Marty Stuart. She also performed at the 2011 official Super Bowl pre-game show in Dallas.

Tickets and table sponsorships for the June 18 event are available at the CASA office located at 309 S. Commerce, Gainesville, Texas. The event will start at 6 p.m.

Ticket prices are $25 per person and sponsorships opportunities begin at $100. Call the CASA office at 940 665 2244 for more information.

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